MAGIC WORDS and Terms

This is a selection of different types of Magic and the related Arts.

Bizarre Magick Often with a slightly spooky edge, myths and tales are woven around the strange effects. This can take the place of a ghost story or any tale that may send a shiver down your spine.

Close-Up Magic which takes place at the table or in the hands of the audience or which involves small hand held props such as cards, coins and similar items.

Comedy Magic   Exactly what it says on the tin.  Magic mixed with humour.  May be stand-up, slapstick, adult or sophisticated depending upn the performer and the venue.

Escapology  The art of overcoming physical bonds, be it ropes, chains, boxes, prison cells and other challenges as a form of entertainment. The most famous exponent of this form was Houdini, though the term escapology was originally coined by Murray.

Kids Magic   Children's entertainers who usually have a loud, colourful and funny act sometimes including puppets, party games and songs as well as tricks and illusions appropriate to the age range.

Mentalism Used by magicians who utilise magic tricks and psychology to create the impression of being able to predict or read your mind and also exhibit other feats of ESP for entertainment purposes.

Parlour Magic  This is usually a combination of Close-Up and Stage Magic but at a scale appropriate for a small to medium sized group.  As the name suggests it originates from performers appearing in peoples own homes.  

Stage Magic  Sometimes referred to as Cabaret.  This is magic performed in front of a large group.  From a small party to a large theatre show.

Ventriloquism     An 'allied art' giving the illusion of 'throwing your voice'.

Walkabout or Table Hopping   Where the entertainer mixes and mingles with guests entertaining them in small groups or at their dinner tables.  Very popular at Weddings, Business Functions and anywhere where you would like to keep everyone entertained or encouraged to talk to one another rather than be left unattended.

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